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Sexual Health

Birth Control... What's right for you?

Spermicidal Methods


Spermicidal Gel
  • Spermicide contains chemicals that kill sperm. Most spermicides are inserted into the vagina before sexual intercourse. There are many forms of spermicidal products: foam, gels, creams, films, sponge and tablets.
  • Frequent use of spermicides containing nonoxynol-9 may be associated with an increased risk for HIV transmission.
  • Effectiveness: 71% to 82% for birth control, depending on consistent and correct use
  • Where to get them: At your local drug store
  • Spermicides do not prevent the transmission of STIs therefore condoms should always be used during sexual activity.